Random Observation/Comment #713: A good morning leads to a good day.
Why this List?
You can tell a lot about a person based on what they do within the first hour of waking up. I follow a fairly focused routine in order to get my day setup for success.
- Avoid picking up your phone and checking the news – If possible, don’t even touch your phone, but I get checking for important meetings. Definitely avoiding the news in the morning.
- Train yourself to wake up early and enjoy the time to yourself for planning and reflecting – I really like 5:30/6am mornings. I’d make efforts to sleep earlier in order to use the morning time more wisely.
- Sleep a consistent amount by going to bed at the same time every night – This is an interesting one because I like to sleep before 10pm, but I also work best from 10pm-11:30pm. I tend to make a tradeoff based on the amount of work I have or 30 day challenges I’ve set.
- Avoid screens 1 hr before bedtime and read a good book or write in your journal instead – I’m not the best at staying off my phone, but I consciously prod myself to put the phone down (even if it’s just watching TV instead)
- Avoid eating or drinking 2 hours before bedtime – Your stomach will work hard to digest food. It’s also not great for acid reflux if you’re going to bed with a full stomach.
- Pour yourself a glass of water the night before and drink it all when you wake up to rehydrate – That first glass of water is even more effective than coffee for me.
- Stop snoozing in the morning – It doesn’t make you feel less tired unless you cover the 90-minute cycle. I personally just get up and go.
- Move a little – Do some jumping jacks or push ups right away to get the blood pumping. Even just stretching helps with getting the body limber.
- Spend 5 minutes on hygiene – Brushing teeth, shaving, washing face, and putting on sunscreen. A small ritual will make you feel more refreshed for the morning.
- Make yourself and your family a nice breakfast – I usually check for any leftover veges and do a quick omelet. I think cooking in the morning brings good vibes.
- Visualize your day – Map your big meetings, tasks you want to accomplish, or errands you may have to run for the day. I like visualizing myself doing them and being successful.
- Think about your intentions – Is there something you want to focus on? Some big item that will make you happy? Sometimes my intention is to just try out a good place for lunch.
- Think about a list of 30 you want to write – I’m probably the only one that does this. There are so many to write and the exercise of writing these topics make me reflect on the latest trends and news.
- Think about people you want to catch up with via text or eventually in person – I do spend at least 5 minutes each day thinking about and messaging 1-2 people I haven’t talked to in a few weeks. It’s important to stay in touch.
- Think about the 2-3 things you want to get done today – I usually write it down on a Keep note. This may be different from checking your calendar or creating your emotional intentions. My short term to-do list is very satisfying to complete and recalibrate.
- Think about something you might want to do in 3 months – Is it a trip? How can you make these plans happen or prep for them? I have doing a lot more of this lately as I become more hopeful. I want to do so much!
- Listen to the news while doing your morning chores – While I don’t read the news, I do a quick daily catch up while I unload the dishwasher and prep Evie’s food for daycare.
- Even if you don’t need to go anywhere, get dressed and put on socks – This is more of a pro-tip for remote working. If I stay in my PJs, I feel like no work gets done.
- Make the bed – It takes a few seconds to just tidy it up and it helps with the nighttime routine to go to sleep in a made bed.
- Properly prep your work station to prevent too many distractions – Pour yourself some water (I use a 2L stein) and mug of coffee. Drink your water before noon.
- Take a moment to do some breathing exercises – 30 seconds to a minute will do wonders for calming.
- Put stuff away in your space for 5 minutes – It’s nice to reset before things get too messy. My wife always tells me to bring things upstairs or downstairs if I’m going somewhere in the house. It’s a good habit.
- Plan your day to do the hard thinking and decision making early and physical work out later – I mostly do my hard thinking work in the morning when my body isn’t warmed up yet and then mindless working out later in the day. Thinking takes energy.
- Listen to a good song or Playlist – Motivation songs are useful for getting yourself into the alpha waves.
- Have a conversation with your family/friends or send them a message wishing them a good day – It’s a great routine to just touch base with your loved ones. My dad called my grandma every morning without fail for my entire time in high school.
- Before starting work, stretch for a few minutes – Touch your toes and twist. The small physical prompt is also helpful for the brain to pump some juices.
- Before starting work, get some fresh air and sunlight – Mix it in with your meditation. If it’s a nice day, I’ll just have my coffee on the deck so I can get some fresh air.
- Kiss your significant other – It’ll make you smile
- Ask her what her day looks like so you can help her where possible – A good personal morning is even better when your partner has her calendar covered and well coordinated.
- Just hang out and be present – There’s nothing like being thankful first thing in the morning
~See Lemons Love Mornings